Title: Stolen PonyStolen-Pony
Author: Glen Rounds
Pages: 95
Recommended Ages: 9-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

Apparently Stolen Pony is a sequel to a story called The Blind Colt. We are supposed to know from The Blind Colt that the pony is blind and that the dog leads the pony around.

The Story.

The pony is enjoying a quiet night in his corral. The dog is off looking around the ranch as is his custom. All seems to be well on the farm.

But all is not well. Unbeknownst to the dog, a gang of horse thieves is making its way towards the corral. They’ve seen the pony from far off – don’t know he’s blind – and have decided to steal him and sell him. They have no trouble coaxing the pony into the trailer they brought and driving off. That’s when the dog catches on to what’s going on. He raises a racket and tears after the truck.

It’s a good thing he did, because when the horse thieves discover that the pony is blind, they decide he’s not worth keeping and turn him loose. It’s up to the dog to lead the pony back home. But several gates and fences block their way. Will they ever make it back to their ranch?

Discussion.

The dog exhibited much selflessness throughout the course of the book. Although he at any time could have abandoned the pony and made it home by himself, he instead stuck with the pony, knowing that it was helpless without him. He even undergoes physical danger and starvation in order to protect the pony.

The style of the story is unique. I can only remember having read one other story which was about animals in which the animals themselves did not talk. Although I was fine with this – I found it very realistic – this lack of dialogue may cause this story to be less interesting to children.

It is said that a man ‘swears horribly’.

Conclusion. An innocent story with some notable qualities.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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